Benjamin Theolonius Sanders (a.k.a.
IQ) is an intercontinental slam champion, educator, publisher, producer, and cultural ambassador. A native of Memphis,
Tennessee, living in Brunswick West, VIC, IQ is a multi-slam champion and 6-time (2002-2008) MC of the Memphis Music and Heritage
Festival. He is affectionately referred to as the Poet Laureate of Memphis. 2012 saw him become an official member of the
Beale St. Hall of Fame enshrined in a brass note as Poet Laureate of Freeworld, the most legendary Memphis jam band of the
past 29 years.
humorous and reflective, some of IQ's winning slam performances (in person and on Skype) include: the 2008 & 2009
Melbourne Slam Championships; the 2009 Overload Poetry Slam Championships; and the 2008 Human Rights Art & Film Festival
Slam. Benjamin "IQ" Sanders also holds three Skype Grand Slam Championships, holding scoring titles as captain of
the inaugural Australian Poetry Slam "Test" team launched in 2009. An eight-time Memphis Slam Champion, since 1998
IQ has competed at 7 Southern Fried Southeastern Poetry Slam Championships, 4 National Poetry Slam Championships and 1 individual
World Poetry Slam Championship.
Ever a pioneer and ambassador for Southern culture, IQ recently competed at Southern Fried 2015 (Little Rock, Arkansas),
becoming the first Australian competitor and SlamMaster at the second largest Poetry Festival and Slam Championships in the
world. In 2011, IQ was the first SlamMaster and representative of Australia to compete in the NPS Head-to-Head Haiku Championships
at the National Poetry Slam in Boston/Cambridge, MA. Author of seven chapbooks and producer of three poetry/spoken word albums,
including the landmark Melbourne spoken word anthology A Pint for Your Mind, IQ formerly served the Greater Melbourne
poetry community as Youth Ambassador and Community Liaison for the Melbourne Poets Union. Actively engaged as a Café
Poet, Slam curator and and professional teaching artist, IQ continues to embrace slamming as an artform as SlamMaster and
Convener of The Aus Underground Slam in Melbourne.